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For Immediate Release

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September 22, 2017 Western District of Washington; 253-302-8616
USMS Office of Public Affairs; (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Arrest Sex Offenders During “Operation Evergreen”
TACOMA, Wash – On Sept. 21, the Western District of Washington, U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force concluded Operation Evergreen, a 3-day sex offender warrant sweep. A total of 10 fugitives, many of whom had failed to register as sex offenders, were arrested and booked into local county jails. Two additional fugitives were arrested on unrelated charges. During the course of this operation, several sex offenders were found to have fled Washington and were located in other states. Those individuals will also be investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service for violations of the Adam Walsh Act.

Among those arrested during Operation Evergreen were Barney Romero, 39, and D’Andre Newchurch, 23. Romero, a Level 2 sex offender, was arrested on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant, issued after he stopped reporting to his community corrections officer. Additionally, Romero had another warrant out of Pierce County for his fifth Failure to Register as a sex offender. Romero was thought to be residing at a residence in Yelm, Washington. However, members of the PNVOTF located him in an adjacent warehouse on the same property. He tried to evade arrest by hiding under a pile of debris. Romero was booked into Pierce County Jail.

Newchurch, who was wanted on a Failure to Register warrant out of Pierce County, was found to be residing in a residence in Graham, Washington. Although he had failed to register at this address, an anonymous tip led authorities to his whereabouts. Newchurch was arrested without incident and booked into Pierce County Jail.

The goal of Operation Evergreen was to assist Pierce County in bringing non-compliant sex offenders back into compliance. Acting U.S. Marshal Jacob Green said, “Non-compliant sex offenders who evade registration, pose great risk to the communities where they hide. The public deserves to know if a convicted sex offender moves into their neighborhood, and it is our priority to increase public safety by apprehending the most violent non-compliant sex offenders.”

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of the Western District of Washington and includes numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Since it’s creation in 2010, the PNVOTF has arrested well over 13,978 violent fugitives. Of those arrested, various offenses include Homicide; Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; Sex Crimes; Firearms; and Federal Probation Violations. The United States Marshals Service is also the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives, and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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